Learning at ELA Basel

A girl points to a learning board in a classroom at a german language programme in switzerland

Our Curriculum

ELA Basel - The Swiss British School of Basel

Being the "Swiss British School", ELA Basel uses the English National Curriculum as a guiding framework. This framework is adapted to accommodate our Swiss setting, geography, history and culture. For German and French we follow the Swiss Lehrplan 21 curriculum.

Director Sally Hirsch welcomes Students at ELA Basel's Primary site

ELA Basel, the Swiss British School is recognised as the leader in international primary education in Basel, Switzerland. Established in 1993 and centrally located in the heart of the city, we are proud to be a non-profit Verein. 

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Early Years

ELA Basel implements the English Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS, external site) Curriculum from the UK. This curriculum sets the standards that ensure children learn and develop at an appropriate pace. It promotes teaching and learning that prepares children for school giving them a broad range of knowledge, skills and learning experiences that provides a solid foundation for future progress through school and life.

A smiling student at a pre school programme in Basel

ELA Basel Early Years is proud to be described as a ‘home away from home’ by our families who entrust us with their children each day. Our mission is to provide children aged 3 months to 4 years with all the personal support and care they need as they grow and learn each day.

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Primary School

ELA Basel Primary School follows the English National Curriculum, which we have adapted to incorporate our international character and Swiss setting.

The curriculum is primarily taught in English and is planned to ensure that it is engaging, challenging and inspiring, so that children develop into motivated lifelong learners. German is taught from Pre-School to Year 7 and French is introduced in Year 3.

Our children represent more than 35 nationalities, which gives us a truly international perspective; our curriculum is enhanced by their richness of expertise and experience. Children are encouraged to be confident, independent learners who both benefit from and contribute to their class, school and wider community.

A student does her homework at a desk in an upper primary programme in basel

Our Primary School follows the creative and forward-looking English National Curriculum, which we have adapted to incorporate our international ethos and Swiss setting. 

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Primary years children working together in the classroom

Arrange a personal tour or book a video meeting with the Head of Primary or Early Years. 


Primary student working on the smart board

We look forward to receiving your application to ELA Basel.


Director Sally Hirsch welcoming Primary students at Wildensteinerhof

Our Admissions Team are looking forward to welcoming you to ELA Basel. 

Virtual Tour

We look forward to seeing you in person, in the meantime take a virtual tour of our school.